From the Publisher
With Krakatoa proving to be a volcanic event in publishing, interest in Pacific Ocean maps is higher than ever before. But while current maps are useful, the antique maps truly fascinate. Ancient maps of Oceania hold mysteries as old as time - were these early guides molded as much by fantasy as fact? Why did mapmakers take liberties with some of their subjects? Early Mapping of the Pacific bravely delves into these questions.
About the Author
is a well-known authority on early maps whose previous books include Early Mapping of Southeast Asia
(Periplus,2000), which has become a standard work in the field. He has served as curator and advisor for collections and exhibitions dealing with the history of cartography, and has been an important source for early maps for the past twenty-five years.